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Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke aggressively cast Republican Sen.

Both candidates lobbed attacks throughout, taking more aggressive stances as the race enters the final stretch and Democrats try to keep their fledgling hopes of re-taking the Senate alive despite a hard host of races in many states President Donald Trump won handily in 2016.

He said that O'Rourke's election would lead to "two years of a partisan circus, shutting down the federal government in a witch hunt on the President". "He's going to make up positions and votes that I've never held or have ever taken", O'Rourke said, "He's dishonest, it's why the president called him "Lyin" Ted, ' and it's why the nickname stuck - because it's true".

"I'm against tariffs. I'm against the trade war", Cruz said.

In response, O'Rourke said Cruz is all talk and no action about his relationship with the president and questioned where the results are.

O'Rourke also reprised his attack on Cruz for focusing on his presidential ambitions so soon after he was elected to the U.S. Senate, and criticized the tone of his Republican opponent's campaign.

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On healthcare, O'Rourke said he favors expanding Medicaid and getting to universal health care.

Democrats have long dreamed about a growing Hispanic population helping to flip Texas from red to blue and shaking up the electoral map. O'Rourke set a Senate record for a single three-month period with $38 million in third-quarter donations, more than triple the haul for Cruz. But polls that once showed O'Rourke within striking distance of a monumental upset now suggest Cruz may be edging further ahead. A Democrat hasn't won statewide in Texas in 24 years.

It was the race's last scheduled debate after one in Houston was canceled amid Senate floor votes on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The debate showcased differences over social media regulation to combat foreign interference in election - O'Rourke said he was open to it; Cruz was opposed - and a stark split on the Supreme Court and the potential for the reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Cruz countered that the movement "had done an incredible amount of good for this country" and that people of both sexes need to be protected from harassment and abuse.

It was a reference to Cruz's days as a tea party insurgent who battled President Barack Obama at every turn. He highlighted Cruz's 2016 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, saying Cruz hasn't visited all of the 254 counties in Texas, "but has been to all 99 in Iowa".

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